Someone cut down a political poster stating, “VOTE SATAN” from their front porch where they live in Mountain View, a suburb of Denver.
“We are Satanists… Satanists,” said Luigi Bellaviste.
Luigi and Angie Bellaviste belong to the Church of Satan. They even have a Satanic Bible in their home.
The couple is upset because a poster they had hanging from their front porch was recently cut down.
It wasn’t very popular with some neighbors.
“Everybody that sees that sign says, ‘What is going on with those people?,’” said neighbor Mary Morasco.
The couple’s home and yard are decorated with items like a Christmas tree that has been painted black, skulls and the number 666. They believe the cutting down of the poster was an attack on their religious beliefs.
“I feel like we’re being treated unfairly because it’s not a so-called mainstream religion,” said Luigi.
“I know of many people who have the Virgin Mary and tons of Jesus memorabilia ‘I Love Jesus’ and what is the difference?” said Angie.
Despite their opinion on the couple’s choice of lawn ornaments, most of the Bellaviste’s neighbors are on their side.
“It’s still their property. It’s still their house. They have a right to say whatever they have to say,” said one neighbor.
“Everyone has their own religion… to each his own, I guess,” said another neighbor.
The couple wants the police to consider the incident a hate crime because their religion is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
“Had that been the Star of David or a verse from the Koran,” said Luigi, “or something like that got damaged by somebody against those beliefs that would certainly be considered a hate crime.”
An officer with the Mountain View Police Department said the report will likely be filed as theft because there was no obvious attack on the couple’s church or religious beliefs. …
Some think Satan was a real person, perhaps the King of Tyer, or Baal.
The Israelites were worshipping Baal when they were taken into Babylonian captivity. They had statues / idols made in the image of Baal, the king of Tyre. They may have been worshipping a real person, the prince (ruler) of Tyre, or the “prince” could have been the one promoting worship of Baal. Baal was the rich ruler of the area – someone to be admired and emulated. He is described above in Eze 28:16By the multitude of thy merchandise.
He was the man-god of prosperity, the one everyone wanted to be like.
The “prince” of Tyre would have been Eshbaal at the time of the prophecy.
Baʿal is a title meaning “lord” that was applied to a number of West Semitic gods. Until archaeological digs at Ras Shamra and Ebla uncovered texts explaining the Syrian pantheon, the Baʿal Zebûb was frequently confused with various Semitic deities named Baʿal, and in the New Testament might refer to a high-ranking devil or to Satan himself.
The Biblical and historical evidence shows that the Moabites worshiped a Baal. The pre-Islamic and Muslim sources show that the Meccans took over the idol Hubalfrom the Moabites.
Baal is a Christian demon. According to Christian demonology, Baal was ranked as the first and principal king in Hell, ruling over the East. According to some authors Baal is a Duke, with sixty-six legions of demons under his command. The term “Baal” is used in various ways in the Old Testament, with the usual meaning of master, or owner. It came to sometimes mean the local pagan god of a particular people, and at the same time all of the idols of the land. It is also found in several places in the plural Baalim, or Baals (Judges 2:11,Judges 10:10). There were many variations, such as the sun god, the god of fertility, and Beelzebub, or the “lord of flies”.
During the English Puritan period, Baal was either compared to Satan or considered his main assistant. According to Francis Barrett, he has the power to make those who invoke him invisible, and to some other demonologists his power is stronger in October. According to some sources, he can make people wise, speaks hoarsely, and carries ashes in his pocket.
While his Semitic predecessor was depicted as a man or a bull, the demon Baal was in grimoire tradition said to appear in the forms of a man, cat, toad, or combinations thereof. An illustration in Collin de Plancy‘s 1818 book Dictionnaire Infernal rather curiously placed the heads of the three creatures onto a set of spider legs.